May Pieces Of My Mind #1

djupsjön
Spent a cold moonlit night in the shelter at Djupsjön on Sörmlandsleden’s stage 13 near Nykvarn.
  • I’m playing Freeciv and it’s all coming back to me after all these years.
  • It’s a good year for bumblebees in Stockholm. ❤
  • Harbour seals (Sw. knubbsäl) raise their young on the shore. But they descend from a species that did this on snow-covered sea ice. Harbour seal fetuses still grow a coat of white fur, then change colour in the womb.
  • I ignored the simple shaft-hole axes when I studied Bronze Age deposition sites, because the axes look the same in the preceding period and most aren’t from the BA. But here’s a case where one has been deposited in a typical BA location: at the narrows between two lakes. A few km to the north-east is Ekudden with its large and beautiful lakeshore bronze hoard, dating from Per. III, 1330-1100 cal BC.
  • I’ve resumed work on an old paper that I abandoned many years ago because of a book project. And for the first time I’ve found use for the word processor’s outliner. I’ve always kept the headings structure in my head before, but now I found myself with no overview of what I was doing.
  • Fadedpage.com offers free ebooks that are out of Canadian copyright. Which is more recent books than e.g. in the UK and US. I just got the fifth James Bond novel onto my Kindle.
  • My brain is going full Slavic. I don’t even flinch when presented for the first time with the word zwłaszcza, “especially”.
  • You know the meme pic with the guy whistling after another woman while walking with his girlfriend? That girlfriend is sooo pretty.
  • Sweden starts vaccinating boys as well against HPV! Excellent news for women’s health. Also protects the boys against genital warts.
  • The Sibyl’s Tea and Coffe Shop in Stockholm reports that their business has not collapsed, it has just rearranged itself to a greater proportion of online mail order sales.
  • One morning this week a family member called to me, look at the neighbour rabbit! It’s changed its coat! Turned out that a young hare was hanging out on the back lawn. Two hours later the ginger rabbit was there instead.
  • Tardigrades are multicellular, but just barely. Big ones consist of 40,000 cells.
  • Wen’t hiking for two days near Nykvarn with my boardgaming buddy Markus:

 

Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

16 thoughts on “May Pieces Of My Mind #1”

  1. Cold night? Here we had a cold day. Temperature fell for a few hours from 8 to 2 degrees and it was snowing! That hasn’t happened for weeks. During the “winter” we had snow only a few times, and that melted on the same or next day. The sea didn’t freeze at all. I could have saved money and trouble by letting my boat stay in water. Helsinki now has only two seasons: summer (May-Sep) and autumnspring (Oct-Apr). No thermal winter, i.e. 10 consecutive days of average daily temperatures below zero. At 60 degrees north – same latitude as southern tip of Greenland.

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    1. Yeah, the climate is extremely odd. 2018 had a frighteningly hot summer, then 2019-20 had a frighteningly mild winter followed by a surprisingly cold spring.

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    2. I have heard some people call it global weirding, and I can understand why. Here in the northeastern US, we had a cold and snowy December, mild weather from January to mid-March (whenever we had snow it was mixed with rain), and a cold early spring. Saturday, snow fell on my blooming magnolia tree, although it was too warm to stick. There have only been two days so far this year that I would consider warm enough (at least 18 degrees) to open windows.

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    3. I don’t want to be irritating, but the new bedroom air conditioner will be arriving and getting installed in the nick of time – here almost right on 22 degrees north we are roasting, soon to have minimum temperatures of ~30 C (note: minimum, not maximum), and it’s not even officially summer yet. Plus yesterday we had a violent convectional thunderstorm with gale force wind gusts – that’s definitely supposed to be a summer event.

      2019 was our hottest year on record, but this year is shaping up to make last year look positively anaemic.

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  2. I did a search for shaft-hole axes, and found photos from Sweden of examples in stone, copper and bronze. So, if “the axes look the same in the preceding period and most aren’t from the BA”, do I presume these are stone axes, or copper axes, or both? And did the stone and/or copper axes persist into the BA?

    Also, are these assigned to the so-called Battle Axe Culture? Always? Sometimes? Never?

    You haf relatives in Sek Mun, perhaps? Ve haf vays of making you talk.

    Kvestions, kvestions – I have so many kvestions.

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    1. The last Neolithic stone axe type survives into the Early Bronze Age. Search for “simpel skafthålsyxa”. This is after the Battle Axe Culture centuries.

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  3. “Fadedpage.com offers free ebooks that are out of Canadian copyright. Which is more recent books than e.g. in the UK and US. I just got the fifth James Bond novel onto my Kindle.”

    But is it legal?

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  4. “Sweden starts vaccinating boys as well against HPV! Excellent news for women’s health. Also protects the boys against genital warts.”

    Yes, one of my three sons has been vaccinated. (One is too old, i.e. the vaccination didn’t exist before he was exposed, and one is too young.) Paid for by statutory insurance here.

    Probably won’t see it in the States, because that would be encouraging children to have sex. If everyone marries a virgin, then it is no problem. This is also the case with other venereal diseases. I remember reading an interview with a physician somewhere in the States in which he said that his clinic had more cases of VD than all of Sweden.

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  5. “One morning this week a family member called to me, look at the neighbour rabbit! It’s changed its coat! Turned out that a young hare was hanging out on the back lawn. Two hours later the ginger rabbit was there instead.”

    Rabbits and hares are different beasts. Or am I missing something?

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  6. Hi!
    I found Your name in connection to Birka. I was delighted to find that you moved to Poland – a warm albeit belated welcome!!

    I have recently started to play Hnefatafl and I would like to recreate a Viking game set. I found pictures of very nice dome-shaped amber pieces from Birka, and an information, that the board was made of leather.

    Have you ever stumbled upon remains of leather Hnefatafl board? Could you describe what is known about them? A picture would probably too much to ask, I googled, but found nothing.

    I like the combination of amber and leather both esthetically and historically!

    Pozdrowienia z Warszawy!
    Tom

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    1. Thank you Tom! I have only been to Poland for two short visits since I took up the position there on 1 January. But I am studying the language and and I look forward to returning after the pandemic!

      I have never before heard of a leather game board. Which Birka grave is this?

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